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ERIC Number: EJ999206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7417
The Rule of Thirds: South Australian Experiences of Spaces for Learning inside, outside and in the Home
Held, John
Educational Facility Planner, v46 n2-3 p62-69 2012
As educators consider designing excellent spaces for education, it is helpful to take a broader look and talk about their approach to design the questions they need to ask. Rather than talk about specific designs of school buildings, the author suggests that they should refocus their vision and look at how ideas of citizenship, the home and current scientific thinking on the development of children and educational thinking can inform their work. Keen photographers will have heard of the Rule of Thirds: composing or cropping a photograph so that the main lines in the scene lie on the vertical and horizontal third points of the picture. Coupled with this, a broad analysis of people's energy consumption, a third of it is at work, a third at home, and a third in moving between the two. To find a new approach, to stimulate new questions, the author suggests to take the rule of thirds and apply it to one's thoughts and planning of a community where education is at the centre. This discussion focuses on early childhood and primary school examples, but many of the points apply equally to older children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia